All Tangled Up

Getting tangled up seems to be a law of nature. All kinds of things get tangled up: power cords, earphones, fishing lines, rope, paper clips, Christmas lights and the list goes on. People too, become tangled up. What has you all tangled up right now?

When something we need to use becomes tangled up in knots, our frustrations run high. The temptation is to throw the tangled-up mess away and buy new. If we get in a hurry or if we are impatient, or impetuous as we try to untie the mess, it only gets worse. However, with a deep breath, patience, prayer, and a little bit of time, even the most knotted up mess can usually be untangled.

The same can be true for us. Proverbs 5:22 tells us that evil deeds can ensnare us, and the cords of our sins can hold us fast. In John 8:34, Jesus states, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is the slave of sin.” Since no one is free from sin, what are we to do? Patience, endurance, prayer, and trust in God are the keys to confronting the knots of life.

Some Christians hold onto false expectation. They believed that when they first placed their faith in Jesus Christ, their life would become free of entanglements. They believed that sin would flee and life would become completely righteous. Nothing can be further from the truth.

Living a righteous, sin-free life is certainly the goal of every Christian, but in reality, no one on this side of death, ever completely escapes the grip of sin. There is one thing I can say with certainty. Christian life includes sin and suffering. Long after our profession of faith in Jesus Christ, we still become tangled up in sin and the fleshly desires of life.

St. Paul encourages us to turn from our sinful desires and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace. He calls us to a purity of heart. He also warned us that doing this is far from easy. He makes it clear that we have a propensity to keep sinning.

Paul describes the great conundrum of Christian life in Romans 7:15-25. There he states, “What I do, I do not understand. For I do not do what I want, but I do what I hate.” He continues by saying, “For I do not do the good I want, but I do the evil I do not want.” Then in verse 24 Paul asks the question that we should all ask ourselves, “Miserable one that I am! Who will deliver me from this mortal body?”

Paul eventually goes on to answer his own question with this profound truth. “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Therefore, I myself, with my mind, serve the law of God but, with my flesh, the law of sin.” I am struck by Paul’s candor and honesty. He knows that even though he is a follower of Jesus, he will still get ensnared in sin.

Hebrews 12:1 states, “let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us.”  Matthew 26:41 says, “Watch and pray that you may not undergo the test. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Thankfully we receive an assurance in 1 Corinthians 10:13 where we read, “No trial has come to you but what is human. God is faithful and will not let you be tried beyond your strength; but with the trial he will also provide a way out, so that you may be able to bear.”

Our lifelong struggle to break the bonds of sin can wear us down. We must remain on guard and not give in to despair. We have all sinned in the past, and we will all succumb to sin in the future. We must try our best to overcome sin. We must repent when we fall short. We must avoid self-condemnation if we find ourselves trapped and enmeshed in an addiction or a recurring sin. And we must always place ourselves at the mercy of Christ.

Life is perplexing and paradoxical. It is when we are laying on the ground, weighed down by sin, that we are forced to look up to God. When our heart is broken by sin, we can finally be healed by grace. With a contrite spirit we can begin to rejoice. When we repent, we can find victory. And it’s in our sin that we come face to face with the mercy of Jesus Christ.

If at this moment, you find yourself all twisted up in sin, don’t trust in yourself to find freedom. Rather, take a deep breath, place your faith and trust in Jesus, and pray without ceasing. We must all understand that Jesus alone can save us when we are all tangled up by the wretchedness of sin.

One last point. When you encounter someone else ensnared by sin, instead of being quick to condemn, pray for them and offer them a helping hand. That’s what Jesus would do.

Jesus, I invite you into my life to untangle my messes and free me from the grasp of sin. Amen  


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  1. Richardine M Coleman on November 8, 2022 at 4:09 pm


    Certain writings that you post each week are especially meaningful for me and I would like to go back to them in my most trying times that I need their help. Is there a way that you could make it possible that I could place an asterisk or such by the posts I would like to refer to when I have the need for help or acceptance, etc. of situations in my life?

    Thank you,

    • Brian Pusateri on November 8, 2022 at 5:07 pm


      I am not sure that there is anything I can do on our server end, however, if you use your web browser you can bookmark any fourth day letter and go directly back to that specific letter in the future. You should be able to even name the letter in your bookmark. If you try this and you’re having trouble please contact me and I’ll see if I can help. Thank you for your message today.


  2. Lucy C on November 8, 2022 at 10:29 am

    It’s as if you could see inside my wounded soul and spoke to my brokenness. I thank our loving Lord for using you and your God-given talent to minister to so many hurting people and sharing His love and tenderness for each one. Thank you for your fiat.
    Our Lady, Undoer of knots, pray for us.

    • Brian Pusateri on November 8, 2022 at 10:42 am


      May our Lord surround you with his love and help you through your trials.


  3. john seraichyk on November 8, 2022 at 4:15 am

    Thank you brother – Your heartfelt communication lifted me from the pit this morning. My goodness have I been entangled. Thank you Lord for brian and the vessel he is. Lord continue to anoint Brian to communicate your Word so as to empower the body to stand strong in the face of our fallen flesh! We are sons and daughters anointed and appointed by you lord to bear up even in the everyday entanglements.

    Thank you brother ~ May God continue to bless your hearts cry for Heaven


    • Brian Pusateri on November 8, 2022 at 10:40 am


      You are in my prayers. If I can help in some way, please let me know.


  4. Bob Davis on November 8, 2022 at 12:45 am

    Another inspired reflection!

    It reminds me of when I was on a nature walk and. found a bird trapped under some landscape netting . It didn’t know what it was getting into when it got itself underneath the net looking for the grass seed. The little bird was helpless until someone (little old me) came along and showed it the way out.

    May your ministry continue be a guide to us all with knots to untie before we fully experience the freedom of God’s ways!

    Bob Davis

    • Brian Pusateri on November 8, 2022 at 3:50 am


      Thank you for your post and for sharing your story of the trapped bird.


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